The Bodhisattva Vow

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Shambhala, Oct 10, 2000 - Religion
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Before the Dalai Lama bestows the Bodhisattva vow, he often teaches the short text known as the Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow by the Indian master Chandragomin. Chandragomin's text discusses some of the most important features regarding the vow, such as from whom it should be taken, how one should prepare for receiving it, what constitutes transgressions of the vow, and how they should be purified. In clear and accessible terms, Geshe Sonam Rinchen explains how to take and then safeguard the Bodhisattva vow.
 

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Contents

The Heart of Mahayana Practice
7
How to Develop the Altruistic Intention
21
Cultivating Loving Affection
35
Love and Compassion
49
Transforming Attitudes
63
How to Hold the Altruistic Intention
81
The Ethical Discipline of Bodhisattvas
99
Commentary on Chandragomins Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow
115
Text of the Twenty Verses in English and Tibetan
166
A Traditional Biography of Chandragomin
181
The Sevenpart Practice from The King of Prayers
187
The Eighteen Downfalls and Fortysix Faulty Actions
191
Notes
195
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Geshe Sonam Rinchen is a highly respected teacher at the Dalai Lama's Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, and author of many books. He lives in India.

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